Tony Finau shot a 6-under 64 to take a one-shot lead over local favorite Jordan Spieth and Roger Sloan at Colonial on Thursday in Fort Worth. Defending champion Justin Rose, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 3, shot 74 as all five of the top 10s playing Hogan’s Alley finished over par. Finau hasn’t finished better than 60th in three tournaments since tying for fifth at the Masters. He had five birdies over seven holes and avoided a second bogey with a chip-in at the par-3 16th. Spieth, the 2016 Colonial champion, is trying to end a victory drought that’s approaching two years for the three-time major winner. He kick-started his round by chipping in for birdie on the par-3 13th, his fourth hole. Spieth had seven birdies in a 10-hole span that included a double bogey.
Woods to play The Memorial
Tiger Woods has decided to play in the Memorial next week ahead of the US Open at Pebble Beach, his next chance in a major. Woods is a five-time winner at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. He did not play between his Masters victory and his missed cut at the PGA Championship. The Memorial is two weeks before US Open . . . Justin Thomas also entered the Memorial, his first tournament since the Masters. Thomas has been resting a bone bruise in his right wrist . . . . Bronte Law chipped in for eagle on the par-5 third hole and shot a 6-under 65 for a share of the lead in the LPGA Pure Silk Championship with Anna Nordqvist and Jennifer Song at windy Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va . . . . Edoardo Molinari, Alejandro Canizares and the English trio Tom Murray, Matthew Southgate and Paul Waring shared the lead after opening with 66s in the first round of the European Tour’s Made in Denmark at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort in Farso . . . Scott Parel took advantage of ideal scoring conditions Thursday morning to shoot a 4-under 66 and take the first-round lead in the weather-delayed Senior PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y.
Injured Stewart to be paid ambassador
Former UConn star Breanna Stewart will act as an ambassador for the WNBA this season and be paid by the league after the reigning MVP tore her Achilles over the winter and is out for the year, said a person familiar with the decision. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no official announcement has been made. The WNBA will pay Stewart in excess of the roughly $65,000 base salary she would have made with the Storm had she not been hurt. The league has no injury list for teams, so Seattle suspended Stewart without pay to free up a roster spot. Seattle could have kept Stewart on the active roster and paid her salary, but the Storm also lost Sue Bird indefinitely to a knee injury this week, meaning they would have started the season with only 10 healthy players.
DT McCoy to visit Browns
Free agent defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, released earlier this week by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a cost-cutting move, will visit the Cleveland Browns, who may sign the six-time Pro Bowler. The Buccaneers tried to trade McCoy, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 draft, but couldn’t find a team willing to take his $13 million salary. Tampa agreed to terms with Ndamukong Suh to take McCoy’s spot.
Sabathia goes on 10-day IL
The New York Yankees placed pitcher CC Sabathia on the 10-day injured list with right knee inflammation. The team announced the move before the finale of the four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Sabathia pitched five innings on Wednesday night and complained about knee soreness afterward . . . Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber had the hard cast protecting his broken right arm removed after imaging tests showed the two-time Cy Young winner was healing as hoped. He will be re-examined in two weeks.
Canada advances; US ousted
Damon Severson and Mark Stone helped Canada escape to the world hockey championship semifinals in Kosice, Slovakia, with a 3-2 overtime win against Switzerland while the US dropped out after a 4-3 loss to Russia. Finland beat defending champion Sweden, 5-4, in overtime . . . An arbitrator upheld Slava Voynov’s one-season NHL suspension for acts of domestic violence but is giving the former Los Angeles Kings defenseman credit for serving half of it in 2018-19 . . . The National Women’s Hockey League offered a 50-50 split of sponsor-related revenues and improved benefits in an agreement reached with its players’ association to increase player salaries. The union did not release specific figures in announcing the agreement.
Byron, 21, wins NASCAR pole
Charlotte native William Byron became the youngest driver to capture the pole for the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR’s longest race. The 21-year-old Byron, who grew up a short drive from Charlotte Motor Speedway, turned a lap of 183.424 miles per hour in his No. 24 Chevrolet. Aric Almirola will start Sunday night’s race alongside Byron on the front row in his No. 10 Ford. It is one of six Fords starting in the top 10 . . . Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is under investigation for corruption related to Qatar’s bids to host the 2017 and 2019 track world championships, a judicial official said . . . Phoenix Suns big man Richaun Holmes, 25, was arrested for misdemeanor possession of cannabis after a Miami-area traffic stop . . . Bryce Aiken, a rising senior guard at Harvard who explored the possibility of entering the NBA Draft, has opted to return to the Crimson for the 2019-20 season.